Weekly Newsletter August 28th, 2015


The Pharisees noticed that some of Jesus’ disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hand, observing the tradition of the elders. – Mark 7:2-3

Dear friends and members of our Balboa Union Church,

What trifle!

We may ask how can people argue about something as shallow as hand-washing. On the other hand – how many times do we quarrel about trifle? When we argue, is it always worth it?
Unwashed hands – today we know how important hygiene is. But it is about more than mere hygiene. Behind this item the question of tradition shows up. That is part of our nature and our identity. That is why often trivial things are considered very important.
But there is another thing which we find difficult. Let’s take the hands-washing as an example. We see its importance. But if a person forgot, we would not start a fight about it.

But the question is if there exists only hygiene for our hands and our bodies? What about the hygiene for our soul, for our spiritual life? Let us ask ourselves: What images do we see? What kind of movies and entertainment do we watch? Is on that point our hygiene as good as when we wash our hands? Can we sometimes just turn off a movie? Are the “Messages” on our what’s-up really so important? – Jesus doesn’t want to forbid us anything, but he wants that our lives get the right quality.

Kind Regards
Reverend Roland


Worship Service at 10 a.m. – ALL ARE WELCOME!

SPEAKER: Joel Guerra- His sermon title is :”Everyone’s sister”

Sunday School Teachers:  We will have activities for the children, but not Sunday school over the holiday period

First Testament Readings and Psalm  Song of Solomon 2:8-13; Psalm 45:1-2;6-9
Epistle Reading James 1:17-27
Gospel Reading Mark 7:1-8 ; 14-15 ; 21-23

Up-coming BUC Activities

Council meeting – Saturday, August 29th, 1.00 p.m.  This will be a meeting of Missions, Property Management, Christian Education, Worship & Ministry, Membership committee chairs and other council members.  But all members of the congregation may sit in on the meetings and deliberations.  If you have any issues you would like the council to consider, these should be present to the Council Secretary before the meeting, so that they can be included in the agenda.

Sunday afternoon Movie!!-Please  join us in our Sunday afternoon movie , this coming Sunday August 30th in BUC Salon at 3:30 pm

Visit to Fundacion Nueva Vida in Howard-September 20th (3rd Sunday of the month) we will be vising the Fundación Nueva Vida home in Howard – please join us immediately after the service to go on this visit.

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Missions AAAm Program-All BUC Membrs and Friends are invited to Participate in our next month AAAM Program on Tuesday  September 22nd.

AAAM Program last Tuesday August 18th in BUC

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In  BUC Missions we are Collaborating with “Good Deeds ” Program:

Here is more information regarding the Good Deeds Program.

And here is some information regarding their activities, if you want to participate and volunteer more actively.